NEW CASTLE —
A manned mission to Mars represents the most ambitious plans NASA has for space. That’s particularly so when you consider the space agency has no manned craft of any sort in operation right now.
And as Curiosity and other unmanned projects continue to provide plenty of interesting data and detail about the solar system and universe, the significance of sending humans into space may wane. That’s especially true when you consider that Curiosity’s $2.5 billion dollar price tag is a fraction of what it would cost to send human beings to Mars and bring them back.
But we have no doubt that humans will continue their outward push. It is, after all, a big part of what we do. Whatever lies over the horizon is a discovery waiting to be explored.